G. Harry Stine, Head of range operations, division of the Navy, at White Sands, has compiled a roundup of information, inspired in part to answer the steady flow of queries addressed to him as editor of Conquest of Space, a regular Mechanics Illustrated feature. Technical, timely and authoritative, his book covers rocket aerodynamics, the role of Dr. Robert H. Goddard in the development of the first liquid propellant rocket, a resume of Germany's contribution to rocket progress in World War II and a report on the Vanguard. There are thirty diagrams and approximately 80 photographs to guide the reader through outer space. Also helpful are a glossary of terms and a summary of educational requirements for the myriad types of employment possible in the rocketry field. Comet-like, this account leaves a bright trail of speculation following a preview of the years that lie between man and Luna City, a permanent outpost manned on the moon. A person-to-planet trip with an experienced guide beyond the earth's shadow.